Government Shutdown Preparedness: Understanding the Consequences

“Congress Passes Two-Tiered Continuing Resolution for 2024 Funding Deadlines”

In November 2023, Congress approved a two-tiered continuing resolution (H.R. 6363, the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024), setting distinct funding deadlines for various agencies until January 19 and others, including DHS, DOS, and DOL, until February 2, 2024.

“Congressional Leaders Extend Government Funding Amidst Deadline Approaches”

On Saturday, January 13, 2024, congressional leaders reached an agreement to avert a government shutdown by extending the current short-term spending bills. The new agreement pushes the continuing resolution (CR) deadlines to March 1 and March 8, 2024, respectively.

“Senate Advances Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown”

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, the Senate passed a procedural vote to advance a bill serving as the vehicle for the CR. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer assured that this vote positions the Senate to pass a CR before the January 19, 2024, deadline impacting certain agencies.

“Potential Government Shutdown: AILA Monitors and Updates Members”

AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) remains vigilant in monitoring the situation and will provide necessary updates to its members through this alert.

“Government Shutdown Impact on Immigration Agencies and Services”

As the possibility of a government shutdown looms, agencies like DHS, USCIS, DOS, CBP, ICE, EOIR, DOL, and CIS Ombudsman outline their operational statuses and potential impacts. USCIS, being fee-funded, maintains regular operations, while other agencies specify essential functions and potential disruptions.

“DOL OFLC Operations and Government Shutdown”

AILA’s U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee addresses the potential impact of a government shutdown on DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) operations. If a shutdown occurs, OFLC will disable the FLAG system, affecting applications and access to previously approved ones. The Committee advises filers with impending deadlines to submit applications in advance.

“Congressional Constituent Services and Potential Shutdown”

Some congressional offices may be closed during a government shutdown, impacting constituent services. Individuals are advised to contact their respective offices for more information.


Source: AILA